Marathon season as KPL quashes league mid-season break

Goal Kenya.
The 2018 season is set to end on October 6 instead of the usual November

The 2018 Kenyan Premier League season will not break for the traditional June mid-season.

This comes following a directive by Confederation of African Football (Caf) to national associations to align their calendars with the European League format that runs from May to August.

KPL has started the long journey of implementing the Caf directive whose deadline is set for 2023.

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But as KPL grapples with the headache of aligning the domestic league with the largely practised mode, local clubs, more so Gor Mahia will have to bear the full brunt of the new change with congestion in the fixtures.

This season is set to end on October 6 instead, of the usual November and K’Ogalo, who are also taking part in Caf Confederation Cup, will have to face the reality of playing at least three games in a week.

The 2018/2019 season will kick-off in December, to run until September 2019, according to KPL CEO Jack Oguda.

“We have to end the league by October as per a directive from Caf and that is why we have scrapped the mid-season period in June.

"Caf has already written to FKF demanding to have the winner of the league by the end of October and we must comply,” Oguda told Goal.

The domestic league always runs from February to November with a month-long break in June.